Echoes // Panoptic (Liban)
Mercredi 07 Mars 2018, 19:30
ENG/ Mondocultures is glad to invite: 6th Echoes of Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival in Brussels
At the beginning of March 2018, Ji.hlava IDFF will come to Brussels for the sixth time to present the Echoes of the 21st Ji.hlava IDFF, a representative showcase of documentary films screened at the past year’s festival including a selection of winning films.
The Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival is one of the key European documentary film festivals and the largest one in Central and Eastern Europe. The Ji.hlava IDFF is unique for its careful programme selection discovering new tendencies in world cinema. It showcases authorial artistic works with significant themes, innovative style and visual form.
"The Programme of the Echoes of Ji.hlava IDFF offers a focused insight into the latest trends of contemporary non-fiction cinema. We have carefully selected 10 out of the 331 titles presented during the 21st Ji.hlava IDFF for our showcase as we believe that they very aptly illustrate the variety and impact of documentary cinema. These titles represent distinctive figures from among the up-and-coming filmmaking generation who often pose very similar questions in Turkey, Poland, Lebanon, Czech Republic and Syria, being at the same time able to provide unique and brave answers." Marek Hovorka, festival director
This Wednesday, 7th of March, you will be able to watch: Panoptic, directed by Rana Eid, Arabic with English subtitles, 2017, 69 min, Lebanon/United Arab Emirates - Best Feature-Length Documentary Debut Award at Ji.hlava IDFF 2017.
Synopsis: Lebanese filmmaker Rana Eid’s documentary essay premiered in the Signs of Life section at the Locarno Film Festival, a film in which she captured her journey through Beirut while mourning the death of her father. In an attempt to understand her hometown, she decided to explore its very core – its underground. Because that was exactly how she de facto lived – in hiding, just as everyone else did during the 17-year-long civil war. The director’s personal journey, filled with atmospheric, auditory sensations (she doesn’t deny her years of sound work), reflects Lebanon’s troubled past, as well as its present and future prospects, on a whole different level.
“Drawing into my own memories, Panoptic is both a historical document and the memoir of an ordinary citizen trying to understand the injustices we lived through in Lebanon over the past 40 years.” R. Eid
Biography: Rana Eid (1976) is originally from Beirut, where she studied filmcraft at the Université Saint Joseph with a specialization in sound. Since 2003 she’s worked as a sound assistant at the side of a number of renowned Arabian filmmakers and is today considered one of the most respected in the industry. Since 2006 she has been the director of DB Studios for audio post-production. She teaches sound in Lebanon at the Université Saint Esprit de Kaslik. Panoptic is her directorial debut.
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